SELECTMEN’S MEETING

OCTOBER 25, 2004

 

Chairman Perkins called the meeting to order at 7:04 PM.

 

Selectman Wiksten, Selectman Andrews, and Selectman Bond were present.

Selectwoman Brunelle was absent.

 

 

SELECTMEN’S MINUTES

 

Upon motion by Selectman Andrews and seconded by Selectman Bond, the Board

            VOTED:  To approve the Minutes of September 27, 2004.      

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Upon motion by Selectman Andrews and seconded by Selectman Bond, the Board

            VOTED:  To approve the Executive Minutes of September 27, 2004.  

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Upon motion by Selectman Andrews and seconded by Selectman Bond, the Board

            VOTED:  To approve the Minutes of October 4, 2004.           

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Upon motion by Selectman Andrews and seconded by Selectman Bond, the Board

            VOTED:  To approve the Minutes of October 6, 2004.           

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Upon motion by Selectman Andrews and seconded by Selectman Bond, the Board

            VOTED:  To approve the Minutes of October 18, 2004.         

            Unanimous Vote.

 

HEARINGS, MEETINGS & LICENSES

 

Hearing (cont.) – Request for WRPD Special Permit – ADH Contracting, Inc. – East Grove Street

 

This was a continued hearing from September 20, 2004.

 

Bob Rego, Prime Engineering, was present to represent the applicant.  He noted that there had been two (2) issues at the first hearing:  Drainage questions to be addressed by the ConCom, and submittal of an appropriate checklist.

 

Mr. Rego said that he had given the ConCom Agent a copy of the Drainage Calculations, and had spoke to her.  He also placed a call to her, but hadn’t received any written comments.

 

He said the checklist that had been submitted had been signed by the wrong person.  He said he would submit a corrected one, or have the owner, who was present, sign.

 

Selectman Bond noted that the ConCom had suggested the submittal of an adequate maintenance plan for the proposed use.

 

Mr. Rego said this could be done.

 

Selectman Bond also noted the concern of storing heavy equipment on gravel.

 

Mr. Rego said the gravel parking lot would not be used for storage.

 

Selectman Wiksten asked if Mr. Rego had had the opportunity to review the conditions that were put on a previous approval for the property, under a different name.  He said the main concern had been how to control future tenants. 

 

Mr. Rego said the conditions had been reviewed and agreed they would be appropriate.

 

Selectman Wiksten also said it was bothersome that the Board had not received something back from the ConCom.  He said he wanted it noted that someone had reviewed the calculations.

 

Hearing no further comments, Chairman Perkins closed the hearing.

 

Upon motion by Selectman Wiksten and seconded by Selectman Bond, the Board

VOTED:  To approve the request made by Alfred Hashem, ADH Contracting, Inc., Main Street, P.O. Box 618, Middleboro, MA  02346, for a Special Permit under the Water Resource Protection District By-law, to allow the construction of an 85’x60’ building on East Grove Street for use as an office/contractors yard, to conduct maintenance and heavy equipment owned by the tenants on-site for property shown as Assessors Map 065 Lot 6495, zoned General Use, W.R.P.D. “Z4”, subject to receiving communication from the ConCom indicating the Drainage Calculations, a corrected checklist, and an acceptable maintenance plan, and to place the following conditions:

1.                  All repairs will be limited to site owner and tenants;

2.                  All repairs will be done inside;

3.                  No commercials repairs of vehicles allowed;

4.                  Storage will be limited to a maximum of 100 gallons of waste motor oil;

5.                  No storage of fuel oil;

6.                  Floors will be bermed, leading to a permanent tight tank;

7.                  No washing down of trucks on site;

8.                  Proposed future occupants to be reviewed by staff before occupancy;

9.                  Clean up station installed prior to restroom;

10.              MSDS sheets to be filed with Fire Department

11.              No floor drains; and

12.              Return all oil to supplier within 7 days.

 

Additionally, the Board finds that the property:

1)                  is in harmony with the purpose and intent of the WRPD By-law and will promote the purposes of the Water Resource Protection Districts;

2)                  is appropriate to the natural topography, soil, and other characteristics of the site to be developed;

3)                  will not, during construction or thereafter, have an adverse environmental impact on the aquifer or recharge areas, and

4)                  will not adversely affect any existing or potential water supply.

Unanimous Vote.

Unanimous Vote.

 

Hearing – Suntanning Violations – Sun Rays

 

Chairman Perkins opened the hearing.

 

Jeanne Spalding was present.  She told the Board that several violations occurred at the tanning facility, including improper record keeping and attendance.

 

Catharine Hassett had been notified by the parent of a 13-year old girl that had tanned at the salon, and as a result, received 2nd degree burns.  The incident occurred on August 26th.  Violations included improper record keeping, failure to notify the Health Department regarding the injury at the time, and the operators were not properly trained.

 

Chairman Perkins asked if a subsequent inspection had been done since the initial one.

 

Ms. Spalding said they waited for the hearing.

 

Attorney David Marsen was present to represent Suzanne Young, owner of Sun Rays Tanning Salon.  He told the Board that his client accepts full responsibility and apologizes for the incident.  He explained that she had been out on maternity leave from the beginning of August to October.  She had left the business in the care of another employee, Jill Pierce. 

 

Attorney Marsen explained that a “card system” at the business was kept for clients between the ages of 14 and 18.  Parental signatures are required for this age.  If a client is under 14 years of age, a parent must accompany her.

 

Attorney Marsen said the customer in question had tanned for 20 minutes, which is a normal period of time.  He also noted that, if a person is on medication, it may affect the ability to accept the tan.  He said his client has since done away with the card system, and all information is kept on computer where it can be easily accessed.

 

Attorney Marsen told the Board that Ms. Young has been in business for 8 years, and has no prior violations.

 

Chairman Perkins asked if anything had been done to improve employee training.

 

Ms. Young explained that she trains employees, and there are no “rules” on how to train them. 

 

Discussion ensued on the timeline, and when notification was made after the incident.

 

Ms. Spalding noted that the mother called the Health Department 6 days after the incident to report it.  The store owner never contacted the Health Department, as required, until almost one (1) month later.

 

Dawn Michaels, the mother of the child, addressed the Board.  She explained that her daughter had been staying with relatives and hadn’t informed her until she could no longer take the pain.  Ms. Michaels also noted that burns are progressive.  As soon as she was made aware, she contacted her child’s pediatrician.  She is receiving ongoing treatment from a dermatologist. 

 

It was noted that the child had previously tanned at the salon once before.  She didn’t know this until after this incident.

 

Selectman Andrews asked what her specific complaint was.

 

Ms. Michaels said she was not seeking anything at this time, but had been told by the Assistant Health Officer that a violation had occurred.

 

Ms. Spalding recommended a limited suspension of 2 – 3 days, with a follow-up mitigation plan to be filed with the Health Officer on how these issues will be addressed in the future, and placed on one year’s probation.

 

Selectman Andrews said the same enforcement would have to be given to all such salons.  He noted that there are no clear and cut regulations at this time.

 

Mr. Healey asked if salon owners were given the State Regulations when they applied for a License.  Ms. Spalding said they are.

 

Selectman Wiksten said Ms. Young has done things to prevent this from happening again.  He said it was an unfortunate incident, but felt that suspension was too harsh for a first time.  He suggested imposing a probation period.

 

Attorney Marsen noted that his client opened the business 8 years ago and had never received the regulations.

 

It was noted that Ms. Spalding has been with the Town for 6 years, and regulations may not have been given out prior.

 

Hearing no further comments, Chairman Perkins closed the hearing.

 

Selectman Bond suggested a warning letter, suspending clients below the age of 18 until the Health Officer approves proposed methodology to be used.

 

Attorney Marsen said he would like the opportunity to get a plan in place before any upset of the business.

 

Ms. Spalding noted that the incident happened in August, and corrective action should have already taken place.  She said she hadn’t been told of any corrective measures.

 

Selectman Wiksten asked if Ms. Spalding had requested a plan from Ms. Young.

 

Ms. Spalding said “not specifically”.

 

Upon motion by Selectman Andrews and seconded by Selectman Bond, the Board

VOTED:  To consider tonight’s hearing as a public reprimand, and to require a plan regarding policy of dealing with minors be submitted to the Health Officer within 30 days.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Selectman Andrews said this would serve as a 1st incident in case there were others.

 

Meeting with Treasurer & Collector, Town Accountant & School Department – RE:  Auditor’s Report

 

Lisa Higgins, Town Accountant, Dr. Robert Sullivan, School Superintendent, and Tom Tatro, Business Manager for the School Department were present.

 

Chairman Perkins noted that the Board had received an initial response from Ms. Higgins but hadn’t heard from the Treasurer/Collector or School Department.

 

Ms. Higgins said she has identified what the auditors have suggested, and guaranteed it will not happen again once her “Chart of Accounts” is redeveloped.

 

Chairman Perkins asked if Ms. Higgins’ plan to address the suggestions of the Auditors had been discussed with the Auditors.

 

Ms. Higgins said she had discussed this, and they are “happy to get concurrence”. 

 

Selectman Bond asked what effect ‘old checks’ have on the books.

 

Ms. Higgins said it is a liability on financial statements that should be eliminated.

 

Selectman Bond asked what effect the suggestion to centralize and track absences would have on her job.

 

Ms. Higgins said it would provide reasonable assurance that compensated absences are appropriate and reasonable.

 

Selectman Bond asked about the auditor’s comments regarding reporting and funding of Chapter 90 projects.

 

Ms. Higgins said that the monies that the Highway Department receives for street and sidewalk repairs are borrowed in advance of reimbursement.  She said reimbursement forms for projects should be sent out to the DPW as soon as possible.

 

Mr. Healey said the Highway Superintendent prepare interim reports on projects and submits them in a timely way.  He said Chapter 90 Funds are received periodically, and sometimes there are additional funds.  Articles appear on the Town Meeting Warrant each year to borrow in anticipation of the funds.

 

Comments regarding the School Department concerned student activity accounts and athletic department cash receipts.

 

Dr. Sullivan told the Board that these items have been addressed.  He also explained that the School Department has responded to meetings with the auditors in the past, and tries to be responsible to attend any meetings.

 

Selectman Andrews said the School Department has a sizeable budget, and said he needed reasons why the recommendations of the auditors were not being followed.  He suggested forming an Audit Oversight Committee for the Town.  The Committee would meet 2 – 4 times/year.

 

 

Selectman Andrews suggested that an Audit Oversight Committee be established, comprised of 1 Selectman, the Town Manager, Assessor/Appraiser, 1 elected Assessors, the Town Accountant, Town Treasurer/Collector, 1 School Committee member, the business and finance manager of the School Department, 1 Finance Committee member, 1 person from the Auditors, and 1 or 2 people from the general public with financial backgrounds.

 

Discussion ensued.

 

Ms. Higgins said she has seen such Committees established, and said they are normally public members, non-partisan, to get more of a “neutral committee”.

 

Selectman Andrews suggested he be given 2 -3 weeks to formalize the make-up of the Committee.

 

Mr. Healey said all people involved in finances need to be represented on the Committee.  He also noted that the Treasurer/Collector had indicated in a letter to the Board that she is not always in agreement with respect to comments made by the Auditors.  He said these are suggestions, not legal requirements.

 

Ms. Higgins asked if the Committee would prevent her from going forward and securing professional audit services for 2005.

 

Chairman Perkins said it would not.

 

Chairman Perkins read a letter from the Treasurer/Collector, who explained that the suggestions made by the Auditors requires more time and personnel than she has.  She suggested hiring a consultant to get the project of centralizing the reporting and tracking of employee compensated absences.

 

Chairman Perkins said if extra help is needed, or a consultant, Ms. MacDonald should come before the Board and ask for it.

 

Selectman Andrews noted that Ms. MacDonald stated she preferred to use her own format.  He questioned if the books were kept in a manner that someone else could use, should Ms. MacDonald not be elected in the future.

 

Mr. Healey said he could guarantee this was the case.  He explained that, before becoming Treasurer/Collector, Ms. MacDonald worked for the audit team for the Town.

 

Selectman Bond said the tone of Ms. MacDonald’s letter was “combative”.  He asked how long outstanding checks have been listed on the audit report.

 

Ms. Higgins said more than three (3) years.

 

Selectman Bond questioned Ms. MacDonald not having time to address this.

 

Upon motion by Selectman Andrews and seconded by Selectman Bond, the Board

            VOTED:  To create an Audit Committee with details to follow.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Dr. Sullivan reminded the Board that there is a Collaborative Leadership Group which is comprised of a lot of the people suggested.

 

Selectman Andrews said the Committee would only meet 2 or 3 times/year, to discuss comments made by the auditors.

 

Dr. Sullivan suggested he, or his designee, be part of the Committee.

 

Selectman Wiksten noted that a lot had been said in the absence of Ms. MacDonald tonight.  He emphasized that he has extreme confidence in Ms. MacDonald, and doesn’t read that she hasn’t addressed the suggestions.  He said he has relied heavily on her input.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Update on Budget – FY’05

 

Chairman Perkins said this item can be removed from the Agenda.

 

Request to Approve & Sign Memorandum of Understanding – Health Officer

 

Jeanne Spalding was present.  She told the Board that she was not asking the MOU to be signed tonight.  She explained that Middleborough is part of 24 towns that have gotten together to be in agreement for an emergency response.  The regions are recipients of some homeland security funds.

 

Ms. Spalding said she was asking for any additional comments the Board had on the proposed MOU.  She said she knew there were additional comments coming from other communities which will be incorporated for the Board’s review.  She asked if the MOU would require a Town Meeting vote.

 

Chairman Perkins said that this was not done for the Police & Fire.  It will have to go through Town Counsel.

 

Set Order of Conditions – Oiva Hannula & Sons Inc. – Wood Street

 

The Board received correspondence from Town Counsel regarding the placement of restrictive covenants on Earth Removal permits.

 

Discussion ensued on whether or not a Town Meeting vote would be required for each covenant.

 

Selectman Wiksten suggested incorporated the covenant now, and then putting it on the next Town Meeting.

 

Upon motion by Selectman Wiksten and seconded by Selectman Bond, the Board

VOTED:  To continue the existing conditions for Oiva Hannula & Sons Inc., adding two (2) additional conditions regarding the covenant.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

The additional conditions will also be placed on the O’Connor Earth Removal Permit that was previously approved by the Board.

 

Mr. Healey noted that the Hannula’s are the only people complying with the requirement for a project plan.  He will send a letter to all Permit holders asking that they check their permits to see if it calls for a project plan, and if so, they need to comply.

 

Chairman Perkins explained that the Restrictive Covenant will stop Earth Removal Permits for residential use, eliminating land stripping.

 

If the vote fails at Town Meeting, the conditions will be removed from the Permits.

 

Request to Appoint Wardens & Volunteers – Middleborough/Lakeville Herring Fishery Commission

 

Upon motion by Selectman Wiksten and seconded by Selectman Andrews, the board

VOTED:  To appoint the following Volunteer Observers for a one-year term running from October 1, 2004 through September 30, 2005.

Luke Leonard                           Tom DeBrum

Cliff Chausse                            Dave Cavanaugh

Dave Lemmo                            Harold Atkins

Mark Brochu                            Michael Kenney

Thomas Dexter             Ron DaPaolis

Robert Deane

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Upon motion by Selectman Wiksten and seconded by Selectman Andrews, the Board

VOTED:  To appoint the following two (2) individuals as Wardens for a three (3) year term running from October 1, 2004 through September 30, 2004:

James Coffin                 Sargent Johnson

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Request to Rent Town Hall Auditorium – Whitman-Hanson Regional High School

 

Upon motion by Selectman Wiksten and seconded by Selectman Andrews, the Board

VOTED:  To approve the request made by Whitman-Hanson Regional High School’s request to rent the Town Hall Ballroom for a Junior/Senior Semi-Formal Dance to be held on Wednesday, November 10, 2004, from 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM, subject to their hiring a police officer for a detail.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Selectman Andrews questioned renting the Town Hall to another town for only $100.

 

Request to Rent Town Hall Auditorium – Celebration of the Arts

 

Upon motion by Selectman Wiksten and seconded by Selectman Andrews, the Board

VOTED:  To approve the request of the “Celebration of the Arts” to use the Grand Ballroom of the Town Hall for the annual Celebration of the Arts fine art show on Wednesday, May 4th  through Saturday, May 7th.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Request to Rent the Town Hall Auditorium – “Still Working” – Jeff Jarrett

 

Upon motion by Selectman Bond and seconded by Selectman Andrews, the Board

VOTED:  To approve the request made by Jeff Jarrett to rent the Town Hall Auditorium on December 4th from 5:00 PM to 10:30 PM for a contemporary Christian live concert.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Request to Use Town Hall Lawn – Middleboro Rotary Club

 

Upon motion by Selectman Wiksten and seconded by Selectman Bond, the Board

VOTED:  To approve the request of the Middleboro Rotary Club to use the Town Hall front lawn on Saturday, July 9, 2005 for the annual arts & crafts show.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Request for Parade Permit, Parking Ban & Use of Fire Engine – Middleborough Christmas Parade

 

Upon motion by Selectman Andrews and seconded by Selectman Wiksten, the Board

VOTED:  To approve the request made by the Middleborough Christmas Parade for a parade permit for the Christmas Parade to be held on Saturday, November 27, 2004 at 1:00 PM (Rain date November 28, 2004), to allow a parking ban to be issued on the date of the parade on both sides of Centre Street, from the four corners to Pearl Street, from noon to 3:00 PM., and the use of a fire engine to escort Santa Claus.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Mr. Healey will contact the DPW regarding closing the street from parking.

 

Request to Appoint Acting Town Accountant

 

Upon motion by Selectman Bond and seconded by Selectman Wiksten, the Board

VOTED:  To approve the request of the Town Accountant to appoint Nancy Robbins as Acting Town Accounting while she is on vacation the end of October.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Request to Approve RFP for Audit Services – Town Accountant

 

Chairman Perkins read a letter from the Town Accountant asking the Board to approve an RFP for audit services for next year.

 

Chairman Perkins asked if an RFP was necessary.

 

Ms. Higgins said it is exempt under 30B procurement.

 

Chairman Perkins said he is very familiar and comfortable with the current firm.

 

Ms. Higgins said she has another audit firm in mind, based on reputation.  She has put together a full quality review.  She said it is not the cheapest firm.

 

Chairman Perkins said he believes the current firm, Thevenin, Lynch, Bienvenue, is capable.

 

Mr. Healey said if Ms. Higgins has another firm already in mind, then it would not be appropriate to seek RFPs.

 

Ms. Higgins said she has made inquiries to other audit firms over the telephone.

 

Selectman Bond asked if the current firm was willing to do the audit next year.

 

Ms. Higgins said the firm is locked into a price that was very low, and she believes they just “want to get out”.

 

Selectman Bond suggesting asking the current firm before their contract is up.

 

Chairman Perkins asked that it be put in writing.

 

Mr. Healey noted that the Town Manager’s Office should be doing the procurement.  He said he will contact the auditors.

 

Ms. Higgins asked if the Board would be willing to listen if she came before them with another recommendation.

 

Chairman Perkins said the Board is always willing to listen.

 

Request for Sunday Public Entertainment License & Entertainment License – Chianti’s Italian Grille

 

Upon motion by Selectman Andrews and seconded by Selectman Wiksten, the Board

VOTED:  To approve the request of Chianti’s Italian Grille for a Sunday Public Entertainment License and an Entertainment License.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Request to Waive Fees – Middleboro Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses

 

Upon motion by Selectman Bond and seconded by Selectman Wiksten, the Board

VOTED:  To approve the request made by the Middleboro Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses to waive fees associated with the rebuilding of their Church.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Request to Designate Environmental Certifying Officer – Bruce Arons/OECD

 

Upon motion by Selectman Bond and seconded by Selectman Andrews, the Board

            VOTED:  To appoint Mr. Healey as the Board’ Environmental Certifying Officer.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

Mr. Healey informed the Board that he had checked out the trailer on Jackson Street that is labeled “Toxic”.  He said he spoke to Mr. Aronson who told him the trailers contain equipment and machinery from other buildings he’s owned in the past.  There are no hazardous materials.  The signs are “flip” signs that kids can change.  He said he will be emptying the units soon and getting them out of there.

 

TOWN MANAGER’S REPORT

 

  • Mr. Healey told the Board that the repairs have been made to a vehicle formerly used by the Building Department.  Town Meeting had voted the $350 necessary to make the repairs.  He said the vehicle can be used by the Assessor’s Office.  He also informed the Board that the Health Department has requested one vehicle to be used by the Animal Health Inspector, Bart Harrison.

 

Mr. Healey noted that the Board had asked the vehicles to be held until the Board developed a “policy”.  He asked if it would be possible to release the vehicles while working on drafting a policy.

 

Mr. Healey told the Board that Selectwoman Brunelle will meet with him next week to discuss recommended policies and a plan to get “program cars”, as the Town has in the past.

 

Selectman Wiksten asked if Mr. Healey had obtained policies from surrounding towns to be reviewed by the Board.

 

Mr. Healey said he didn’t remember this being assigned to him.

 

Selectman Wiksten said he was unaware that the Animal Inspector would need a vehicle for a part-time job.

 

Mr. Healey noted that his job is to travel to all farms in Middleboro.

 

Chairman Perkins said he wanted a comparison with the number of miles being compensated at $.37/mile, vs. the cost to insure, maintain, and pay for gas.

 

Selectman Wiksten asked if there had been consideration of sharing vehicles.

 

Mr. Healey said he needed to know what the specific concerns were of the Board so he could work on policies.

 

Selectman Wiksten said he concerns of the Board have been made.  He said he did not like being “blackmailed” by the Assessors’ Office, referring to a comment that Mr. Healey made saying the Assessors’ Office would not do their job without a car.

 

Chairman Perkins asked how quickly Mr. Healey and Selectwoman Brunelle could develop a policy. 

 

Mr. Healey said he would contact the MMA tomorrow to see what policies they have on file.

 

Selectman Wiksten noted that Barbara Erickson had previously told the Board that reimbursement for mileage in her office was approximately $2200.  He said he didn’t know if the Town could put a car on the road for that amount.

 

Upon motion by Selectman Bond and seconded by Selectman Wiksten, the Board

VOTED:  To allow the Assessor’s Office to temporarily use a vehicle, subject to developing a policy.

            VOTE 3 – 1 (Selectman Wiksten opposed)

 

  • Upon motion by Selectman Andrews and seconded by Selectman Bond, the Board

VOTED:  To close the Landfill to commercial haulers until the new cell is constructed.

Unanimous Vote.

 

 

  • Discussion regarding the consideration of establishing a D.P.W. Study Committee will be put on a future agenda.

 

SELECTMEN’S BILLS

 

Upon motion by Selectman Andrews and seconded by Selectman Bond, the Board

VOTED:  To pay the bill submitted by Collins, Loughran & Peloquin, P.C., for September 2004, in the amount of $3,400.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Upon motion by Selectman Bond and seconded by Selectman Wiksten, the Board

VOTED:  To pay the bill submitted by W.B. Mason Company, Inc. in the amount of $43.00.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Upon motion by Selectman Wiksten and seconded by Selectman Bond, the Board

VOTED:  To pay the bill submitted by SEMASS Partnership, for September 2004, in the amount of 11,985.17.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Upon motion by Selectman Bond and seconded by Selectman Wiksten, the Board

VOTED:  To pay three (3) bills submitted by the Middleborough Gas & Electric Department in the amounts of $5.57, $39.39, & $26.22, totaling $71.18.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Upon motion by Selectman Bond and seconded by Selectman Wiksten, the Board

VOTED:  To pay two (2) bills submitted by Verizon in the amounts of $24.52 & $24.60, totaling $49.12.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Upon motion by Selectman Wiksten and seconded by Selectman Bond, the Board

            VOTED:  To pay the bill submitted by FedEx in the amount of $18.00.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Upon motion by Selectman Bond and seconded by Selectman Wiksten, the Board

VOTED:  To pay the bill submitted by Hathaway Publishing in the amount of $1,752.88.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Upon motion by Selectman Bond and seconded by Selectman Wiksten, the Board

VOTED:  To pay the bill submitted by Roberta Golick, Esq. in the amount of $750.00.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Upon motion by Selectman Bond and seconded by Selectman Wiksten, the Board

VOTED:  To pay the bill submitted by Thevenin, Lynch, Bienvenue, LLP in the amount of $10,000.00.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

OTHER

 

Paul Provencher met with the Board in regards to the Veterans’ Memorial.

 

Mr. Provencher told the board that an archeological dig in currently being done on the Town Hall front lawn.  He said this should be completed next week.  The Massachusetts Historical Association has given conditional approval for a groundbreaking on November 11th.  This would occur after the Veterans’ Day parade and services at 11:30 AM.

 

Mr. Provencher said he was asking the Board how much of the Park should be done this Fall.  He said he felt they could break ground, and bring in the required heavy equipment to move the current monument, excavate the main park area, and put in the slab.  The ground would be sloped around this.

 

In the Spring, the retaining wall would be put in and the Park would be completed by Memorial Day.

 

Selectman Wiksten suggested a fence be put around the perimeter of the project while it is under construction.

 

Mr. Provencher said this would not be a problem.

 

Mr. Provencher said he wanted to make sure there was no objection to leaving it partially completed over the course of the Winter.

 

Selectman Wiksten asked if the Committee planned to do as much as they could weather permitting.

 

Mr. Provencher said they would not lay the bricks or put in the center pieces until after the first of the year.

 

Upon motion by Selectman Wiksten and seconded by Selectman Bond, the Board

VOTED:  To support the request of Mr. Provencher to begin partial work on the Memorial.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

CORRESPONDENCE

 

v     COA Trustees’ terms will expire November 1st.  The Board asked that anyone interested in being appointed contact the Selectmen’s Office.

 

v     Two (2) complaints were received regarding mini-bikes in the Arch Street area. 

 

Chairman Perkins said he would speak to the Police Chief for ideas on how to regulate these.

 

v     The Water Superintendent has been instructed to come up with an agreed-upon protocol for Oak Point to follow when water needs to be shut off.  The Water Department and public safety should be notified.

 

v     Selectwoman Brunelle and Ruth Geoffroy will be reminded of a meeting with the Plymouth-Carver Aquifer Advisory Committee.

 

 

Upon motion by Selectman Bond and seconded by Selectman Wiksten, the Board

VOTED:  To enter into Executive Session at 10:30 PM, not to return to Open Session, to discuss Litigation and Contract Negotiations.

A poll vote was taken.  Selectman Bond, Selectman Wiksten, Selectman Andrews, and Chairman Perkins approved.

            VOTE 4 – 0

 

                                                           

Diane Henault, Secretary

BOARD OF SELECTMEN